NSN Webinar: Peering into distant lands: New Horizons and the geology of Pluto and Charon

NSN Webinar: Peering into distant lands: New Horizons and the geology of Pluto and Charon

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  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Dr. Orkan Umurhan joined NSN members on March 16, 2016 to learn about the latest revelations from the New Horizons mission to the Pluto system. . He gave NSN members previews of amazing images not yet released to the public, making it a special, can't-miss webinar!

About this Talk
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has revealed that Pluto and Charon exhibit strikingly different surface appearances, despite their similar densities and presumed bulk compositions. This talk will present an overview of our main findings. Their origin, and what drove their formation so late in Solar System history, is under investigation. Speculations as to the geologic histories of these two bodies will be discussed.

About Dr. Orkan Umerhan
Dr. Umurhan's research focuses on evolutionary processes both on planetary surfaces and in protoplanetary disks. Dr. Umurhan joined the New Horizons Geology and Geophysics Investigation Team in June of 2013, providing mathematical modeling framework for the Pluto system. Dr. Umurhan regularly writes blogposts for NASA about New Horizons and he is also a co-author on a graduate level textbook on fluid dynamics for physicists due to come out this spring.

Related Resources
NASA's Page on the New Horizons Mission to the Pluto System
NASA's official site for news about New Horizons

New Horizons Mission Page
Learn about the details of the New Horizons Mission and its continuing discoveries as data continues to trickle in to Earth from the distant probe.
 

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Webinar Video

Recording of the webinar held with NSN members.

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